When we speak of African safari, we think of viewing the wild game sitting within the safety of an open top Land Rover or an open-sided land Cruiser. Abercrombie & Kent Safaris looks to break that monotony and offers something off the beaten track when it comes to game viewing in Africa.
Learning to survive in the Okavango
The local expert guides are natives of the Okavango delta and there is hardly anything in this area that they don’t know about. Spending time with them means you learn it from the masters themselves how to survive in the wild. Even if it means never really having to use your new found skills the experience can be amazing. While you channel your inner Bear Grylls during the day, spend the night relaxing within the safe and luxurious confines of Sanctuary Baines’. This camp named after Thomas Baines, a very famous 19th explorer, is located at a picturesque location on the Boro River. It offers a selection from among five luxury tented suites.
The bushman survival skills that you will learn on your trip include poling a mokoro, fishing, game tracking, how to identify the right edible plant, how to navigate using the sun & the stars, rope making, the skill of finding water, palm nut harvesting, how to construct a shelter and to weave a basket.
Game watching on horse back
There are many private game safaris that offer many flexible options to watch the game including exciting options such as game watching on a horse back. Tswalu in the Kalahari Desert offers one of the most exhilarating rides of your life which takes you over grassy plains and rolling dunes overlooking the desert. Every rider is provided with a horse that is matched with his riding prowess and a choice of saddle with it. Small groups are accompanied by a riding expert who knows the desert and the ecology very well and makes for a memorable experience of the wilderness of the desert.
On Southern Kenya’s amazing Chyulu Hills lies Ol Donyo, arguably the finest bush lodges of Africa. A brainchild of conservationist Richard Bonham this 275,000 acres of African wilderness is one of the most amazing pieces of properties in the whole of the continent. Horse rides are on offer that provides opportunities to watch the elephants, warthogs and impala in their local habitats. You can also see the local goat herders attending their herd.
Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is the home of Africa’s foot safari. While most areas which provide vehicle safaris are now congested and the game absolutely immune about the oncoming vehicles, the real excitement seems to be in foot safari where the challenges of tracking the game on foot is an indescribable experience.
Photographing the wild game
Located at the Northern Tuli block of Botswana, the Mashatu Game Reserve is a wild life photographer’s paradise. It offers guests the opportunity to use dedicated hides. These hides are designed so that they can offer maximum concealment while also allowing as much proximity to the game as possible. The photographer can spend hours waiting for the perfect angle and light while composing the perfect shot. A resident wildlife photographer present at the resort can provide additional tips.
Safari from the air
Step into a brightly colored balloon in a remote savannah grassland of Kenya’s Masai Mara. As the burners fire in and the balloon clambers the altitude, the adventure of a life time begins. As you gently float over the air, herds of zebras, wildebeest, antelope and hippos are seen returning from their night time sojourn to a water hole or river. If you are lucky, predators can also be spotted returning from a night time hunt.